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Malaysia With Kids: Cameron Highlands

Missing a European-style Christmas while you’re in the tropics? Then Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands is a hidden gem. Perched high in the mountainous terrain, this weekend getaway spot is a gorgeous hark back to the colonial hey day of yesteryear and an interesting place to travel with kids. For a different family holiday from your standard Southeast Asian experience and a unique way to see Malaysia with kids, Cameron Highlands with kids is it.  


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Profile: MasterChef Australia Finalist Audra Morrice

The audience favourite of Masterchef Australia series 4 not only embraces multiple cultures in the kitchen – she travels with her kids Alex (10) and Andre (8) regularly and tries to take them on an overseas holiday at least once a year. Audra Morrice chats to suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and shares some tips on introducing foreign foods to kids who are fussy little eaters. 


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Large Family Holidays

Think doing an overnight flight with one newborn is hard? Matt and Alison Lumb and their four children, Solomon (9), Xander (7), Nikki (4) and Sienna (2) are expatriate Australians living in Asia and have travelled all over the continent to beaches in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. But being a large family means that vacations are not always a relaxing or easy experience and there are six opinions to take into account. They tell suitcases&strollers about the logistical gymnastics of travelling with a large family of four kids. 


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Family Friendly Accommodation Booking Websites

Most villa and hotel booking websites are great pre-kids, but after that they somehow fail to deliver all those little details you need to know as a parent travelling with children. “Kid-friendly” can mean anything from a mere tolerance of children to step stools in the bathroom and a fully accredited kids club. So the best way to find the type of accommodation that works for your family – no matter the kids’ ages – is to go to the sites that specialise in helping parents find the right fit in accommodation when planning family holidays. Here are some of the best accommodation websites for families for vacations primarily in Europe. 

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How To Use A Squat Toilet

Holes in the ground are the reality of travelling through the developing world, so it’s best to be prepared and know how to use one, especially if you’re taking young kids or toddlers with you. Jess Farrugia of With Two Kids In Tow, It’s Backpacking We Go took two girls under 6 on an extended budget holiday around Asia, so she knows a bit about how to handle the daunting squat toilet. Here are some of her tips for dealing with bathrooms in developing countries when traveling with kids. 

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Sailing Southeast Asia With Kids

Iona Levinson has just spent the last 18 months sailing around Southeast Asia with her husband Jeremy and their girls Phoebe (10), Hatty (8) and Willow (7) on their boat Nalukai. As well as participating in the Louisiades Rally in Papua New Guinea, they have been to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and are currently in Thailand. Iona tells suitcases&strollers about her adventures sailing with kids. 

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Malaysia Beach Holidays: Pangkor Laut

Exclusive, romantic, chic – yet still family-friendly. What’s not to love about Malaysia’s Maldivian-like paradise? Shimmering waters, amazing vistas, delicious food, wonderful people and a private island – it’s time to get to Pangkor Laut. 

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Malaysia With Kids: Orang Utans in Kota Kinabalu

Borneo is Malaysia’s hidden gem. The island is best known for its impressive array of wildlife including proboscis monkeys and orang utans, as well as massive natural caves. Near the capital of Sabah, Mount Kinabalu is also a hiker and amateur mountain climber’s dream. But if all this seems a little daunting with kids, don’t worry. suitcases&strollers has a parent-friendly solution to ticking the Borneo with kids box all from the luxury of an all inclusive family resort. 


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Malaysia With Kids: Niah National Park

Borneo is Malaysia’s oft forgotten island, generally favoured by intrepid backpackers and scuba divers for its spectacular untouched natural beauty. It’s a shame that more families don’t venture here because if you take the time to explore the heart of the rainforest and you will discover some brilliant cave walks and ancient civilisations at Niah National Park. For family adventure holidays you won't forget, book a trip to Borneo with the kids. 

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Profile: Stevie Nicholson From Hi-5

For 6 years Stevie Nicholson (pictured on the far left) has been touring the world from Malaysia to The Philippines plus all over his native Australia, singing, dancing and donning rainbow-coloured getups for children’s entertainment band Hi-5. He spends about half the year travelling with Hi-5 and acting as an ambassador for World Vision. He tells suitcases&strollers about performing for non-English-speaking audiences, his love of road trips and the popularity of Elvis in Cambodia. 

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Theme Parks in Asia

For some adults, theme parks can be like reliving childhood. For others, they can seem like pure torture. But there is no doubt that even if visiting a theme park is right at the bottom of your to-do list of family holiday destinations (or not even on it at all), it is the ultimate kids holiday and your children will love for you for taking them. And you might even find that, despite all the over-the-top kitsch, you will actually have fun. You just need to make sure to select the right one for you. Here's the suitcases&strollers travel advisor for theme parks in Asia. 

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Profile: The Yellow Wiggle Sam Moran

The former Wiggle may have been absent from the live shows for awhile, but his voice continues to be a critical entertainment tool on any long distance journey involving children. Now he is back with his own television show, Play Along With Sam and is on tour. Sam Moran tells suitcases&strollers about his travel experiences, how he entertains his 3-year-old daughter on long trips and what he does when his songs get stuck in his head. 

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10 Reasons to Choose Cruises For Families

Kitschy and mass market, a cruise might seem like the type of holiday for people too lazy to plan their own family vacations. But that’s exactly what makes them so much fun. Yes, the décor is often tacky. Yes, you may be eating buffet (a lot). Yes, your friends will laugh. But you and your kids will enjoy yourselves more than you can imagine and you will come back super relaxed. And isn’t that what a holiday is all about? Here are 10 reasons why cruises make for some of the best family holidays. 

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Inspiring Travel Stories: Backpacking With Kids

Family travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Two years ago Jess Farrugia and her husband Jim took their two girls, Madeleine (then aged 5) and Yasmine (then 3), on a 363-day backpacking adventure all over the world including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada and The Philippines. She tells suitcases&strollers how her family managed to travel on a budget and why they chose to backpack with kids. 

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Family Weekend Getaways: Beaches Near Singapore

These destinations might technically require a passport out of Singapore, but there are easy beach family holiday destinations to be had beyond Sentosa that don’t require a plane ticket. (Although if you are looking for a staycation, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa has an impressive kids’ club.) Whether you live in the Lion City or you are using Singapore as a stopover, or you are based in Southern Malaysia, here’s an easy way to travel with kids to some great family holidays destinations and soak up the waves and the salt water without actually doing much commuting at all.

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Malaysia With Kids: Malacca

The charming historical township of Malacca in Malaysia (also known as Melaka) is perfect for a short stay holiday with kids. It has an ideal mixture of heritage sites, easy walks, basic museums and Malaysian nightlife to keep everyone occupied and entertained. And only a short commute from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, it makes for an underrated family getaway. Here's the suitcases&strollers travel guide to Malacca with kids. 

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